Don’t fall for the ‘it won’t happen to me’ line of thinking with disasters

Not every organization has experienced a debilitating disaster that resulted in prolonged downtime. These firms should consider themselves lucky. Some of these companies may also believe they do not have to focus as much on business continuity and disaster recovery as much as they should because these events have not happened to them. But Mother Nature and other disruptions can strike in an instant, leaving unprepared employees struggling to restore operations and critical data that is the lifeblood of the affected brands.

Depending on the severity of the flood, fire, snowstorm, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, power outage, human error or other scenario, firms may require days to fully respond to the incident. Companies in this position will be unable to serve their main clients and customers, losing revenue and goodwill at the same time.

"Depending on the severity of the disaster, firms may needs days to fully recover."

It is early in 2015, so businesses can still rethink their BC/DR strategies for the rest of the year and beyond. Companies that have yet to really delve into such initiatives themselves can bring in recovery specialists for guidance.

Let the professionals answer the call
Much like how firms outsource IT solutions to third-party vendors, organizations can take a similar approach to their BC/DR. Service providers help customers shore up any vulnerabilities that may harm their ability to respond to disruptions, whether this involves addressing internal policies or directly overseeing data backups so mission-critical content is readily available following an incident.

Plenty of organizations are turning to outside help to address internal needs. A new TechNavio report detailed the growing Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service market – which includes solutions offered that enable the backup of data, recovery of assets and the retrieval of these resources – is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of roughly 52.1 percent between 2014 and 2019.

DRaaS vendors not only help clients with these processes, according to TechNavio. Service providers also secure data, which is essential to corporate operations. Such assistance is important for safeguarding information in the event of both natural disasters and sudden system failures.

There is no telling when or where the next disaster may strike, which is why organizations cannot think they are safe from future disruptions. Downtime can occur at any company, regardless of size or industry. Businesses that want to make sure their employees and infrastructure are ready for any situation should not hesitate to contact recovery specialists today.